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Olbermann v. Olbermann

By on 2.23.07 | 1:48PM

I was just listening to Keith Olbermann do his daily hour with Dan Patrick on the radio. Today, they discussed the contributions of former Seattle Supersonic and Boston Celtic Dennis Johnson. As a teen obsessed with sports in the 80's, I listened with great interest.

The thought struck me with force as it has in the past:

Keith Olbermann is not a windbag when he talks about sports. He displays real insight and amazing depth of perception.

Why, oh why, can't those same faculties of reason intrude upon his work as a broadcaster in the political realm? I'd love to get opinions on this one.

And no, I don't mean why doesn't he agree with me. That would be too simple. I would merely like for him, when discussing politics, to simply show some balance and critical depth. Instead, he seems trapped in a Howard Deanian rant with lots of sanctimonious sentences ending in "sir." Tim Russert, whatever you may think of him, can do it. Why can't Keith?

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